Why You Should Use Concrete in Your Construction Project
Thanks to the design versatility of concrete, your flatwork structure does not have to look like your neighbor's. Because of the recent advancements in coloring techniques and stamping tools, projects made of poured-in-place concrete are more versatile than ever before.
Concrete is easily formed into any shape, allowing you to accommodate any space restriction or incorporate attractive curves. With the use of stains and other coloring methods, you can also achieve just about any hue imaginable, whether you want your structure to match the stone facade of your house or blend in with the natural landscape.
You can also choose from a vast array of pattern and design options, including stamped patterns, stenciling, engraving, exposed aggregate, and more. While many concrete installations are designed to complement the outdoor landscape, some homeowners opt for a concrete patio style that complements their indoor living space to create a surface that blends in seamlessly with the interior decor. Concrete can also be made to resemble other popular materials, including brick, natural stone, and even wood.
In addition to its versatility, concrete is highly durable and can stand up to the wide range of weather conditions found across the country. It is generally accepted that concrete will last longer than any other type of masonry installation.
When compared with individual masonry paving units and natural stone, concrete is easier to maintain because it’s a solid surface. Unlike paving stones, you won't have sand-filled joints between units where grass and weeds can sprout. In addition, individual pavers can settle unevenly, creating dangerous tripping hazards. Asphalt requires extensive maintenance as well. When compared with wood, concrete saves you the labor of staining and resealing year after year, and it’s invulnerable to termite infestation, wood rot, and splintering.
Concrete can be stamped, engraved, stenciled, or textured to resemble pricier stone or brick pavers, and often at a fraction of the cost especially when you factor in the labor savings. The aesthetic appeal and durability of decorative concrete will also boost the resale value of your home.